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Postby DoingHomework » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:30 pm

I agree with the others. How about something like:

I need help. I earned a degree in International Business but have not had the opportunity to apply my skills. If provided an opportunity I can (xxx). How do I obtain this opportunity.


Fill in (xxx) with something concrete that you know how to do.

Even you second, shortened message kept reminding me of your negatives. Tell me your positives. I'm going to find out that you have not worked in the field when I see your resume. Don't tell me that. Tell me what you HAVE done to make you worth hiring.

The bottom line is that you need to show that you can bring something to the table and you will not take too much effort to train.

So you've been washing dishes (or whatever) for 5 years. Please tell me you have kept up with the business press (Business Week, Financial Times, whatever) and have also worked on your own to improve skills in whatever field interests you. That does not take anything but ambition on your part.

I have hired people both for specific positions and also when I recognized their potential even when no position was open. I have been right usually and wrong a few times. The lesson I've learned from the times I was wrong is that the best people are the ones who are positive, optimistic and are always working to improve themselves in their own time. There are many ways you can do that. But if you can't tell me what you have done then I will assume you have done nothing. If your field is MIS, developed web pages. If it's marketing, create something clever or take some basic sales job. For international business, learn the basics of a couple of languages or cultures. Basically, do SOMETHING!


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Postby DoingHomework » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:33 pm

AMEXPlatino86 wrote:I've always wanted to do international/global business. I just know that accounting and import/export is not what I want to do.


Nobody "does" international/global business. People manage, market, finance, sell, operate, develop, promote, etc. You really need to decide what you want to do and focus on that function. Exactly what do you mean when you say you want to "do international business?"

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Postby AMEXPlatino86 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:14 pm

Hey DoingHomework I always keep up what going on in business. Basically I went to school for international business which allows me to handle foreign companies. Also I'm up to immediate fluency in spanish starting to learn punjabi. Always learning cultures. One thing I never do is sit and feel sorry for myself, I ask for advice or help which is never a sign of weakness.
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Postby DoingHomework » Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:23 pm

AMEXPlatino86 wrote:Hey DoingHomework I always keep up what going on in business. Basically I went to school for international business which allows me to handle foreign companies. Also I'm up to immediate fluency in spanish starting to learn punjabi. Always learning cultures. One thing I never do is sit and feel sorry for myself, I ask for advice or help which is never a sign of weakness.


That's fantastic. Then that is what you want to make known. I wasn't being critical. I was trying to tell you what an employer is going to be looking for. The fact that you have not been able to get a job is not what you want to make known. You want to advertise the positives.

But I am still unclear what you mean by "handle" international business. I have been a c-level (as in chief) executive in a multinational company. I can't think of a single "handler" we had. we had managers, operations people, marketing folks, finance, etc. Do you want to be a human resource manager, supply chain, finance, etc. That's what you need to decide.

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Postby AMEXPlatino86 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:35 pm

DoingHomework wrote:That's fantastic. Then that is what you want to make known. I wasn't being critical. I was trying to tell you what an employer is going to be looking for. The fact that you have not been able to get a job is not what you want to make known. You want to advertise the positives.

But I am still unclear what you mean by "handle" international business. I have been a c-level (as in chief) executive in a multinational company. I can't think of a single "handler" we had. we had managers, operations people, marketing folks, finance, etc. Do you want to be a human resource manager, supply chain, finance, etc. That's what you need to decide.


Ok I see what you are saying.
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Postby Snowman » Fri Jun 07, 2013 6:28 pm

AMEXPlatino86 wrote:Hey DoingHomework I always keep up what going on in business. Basically I went to school for international business which allows me to handle foreign companies. Also I'm up to immediate fluency in spanish starting to learn punjabi. Always learning cultures. One thing I never do is sit and feel sorry for myself, I ask for advice or help which is never a sign of weakness.


Amex, you say your planning to have a career in International business. I ask this because I speak a little bit of punjabi, but my family is from India/Pakistan, so if you would like to learn about the culture and the languages you can ask, and I'll explain the best I can of what I know. Perhaps this could/can't help you....
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Postby AMEXPlatino86 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:32 pm

Snowman wrote:Amex, you say your planning to have a career in International business. I ask this because I speak a little bit of punjabi, but my family is from India/Pakistan, so if you would like to learn about the culture and the languages you can ask, and I'll explain the best I can of what I know. Perhaps this could/can't help you....


No that will definitely help. I will PM you. I have a book and CD but don't know where to start.
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